olden

adjective
old·en | \ ˈōl-dən \

Definition of olden 

: of or relating to a bygone era

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What was life like in the olden days?

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Back in ye olden dayes, rich people collected masses of land (usually through force) and then forced vassals (that'd be us) to slog away for them and hand over money for the privilege. refinery29.com, "I Don't Give A Single Sh*t About The Royal Wedding, With Good Reason," 18 May 2018 Drop the olden talk, and communicate with spirits authentically. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "A Beginner’s Guide to Communicating With Spirits on the Other Side," 19 June 2018 Long story short: Back in ye olden days of around 35+ years ago, Akecheta becomes the first member of Ghost Nation to reach consciousness after stumbling upon the aftermath of Dolores killing Arnold. Mehera Bonner, Harper's BAZAAR, "Don't Panic, But Westworld Finally Explained Ghost Nation," 11 June 2018 In olden times, cast members would station themselves outside FastPass lines, powerful gatekeepers who would collect the paper tickets and grant access or turn away scofflaws showing up at the wrong time and, yes, date. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Is Disneyland's MaxPass worth the price? A skeptic puts it to the test," 31 May 2018 Historians are counting on technology to make the subject more interesting for young people whose ideas of olden times may stretch only to the BlackBerry era. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, "Is technology bringing history to life or distorting it?," 10 May 2018 Prefer learning about the, ahem, saucier side of olden times? Stop into Dolly's House Museum (24 Creek St.) to find out what the gals had to deal with back in the day. Jenna Schnuer, Anchorage Daily News, "Kodiak and Southeast Alaska: Where coastal pleasures abound," 3 May 2018 This wasn’t a problem back in olden times, when the setting of the sun ended light exposure for the day. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Why being a night owl may lead to earlier death," 27 Apr. 2018 Some other notes on the All-Star voting: ___ THE CASE FOR MANU Much like Dwyane Wade last year, if these were olden times — of two years ago — San Antonio's Manu Ginobili would be starting the All-Star Game. USA TODAY, "Not-household-name players get All-Star votes from NBA peers," 19 Jan. 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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olden

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of olden

: of or relating to a time in the distant past

olden

adjective
old·en | \ ˈōl-dən \

Kids Definition of olden

: of an earlier period

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